BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA: FORWARD SPREAD HALTED

JUDGE TEMPORARILY HALTS DEPORTATIONS OF IRAQIS NATIONWIDE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 30 - JULY 29

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LIMITS

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KILLS SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA FOR THIS YEAR

ALPINE RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANTING FIRECRACKER UNDER CHILD’S WINDOW

FIRE NEAR MESA GRANDE RESERVATION THREATENS HOMES

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MORGAN COOK, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST, ON HER INVESTIGATION INTO REP. HUNTER

FIND YOUR INNER COWBOY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JUNE 25 - JULY 29

CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

NATIONAL HOUSING EXPERT HIRED AS CEO OF NEW REGIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS: WALKER LED EFFORTS THAT REDUCED CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS 90% IN UTAH

"MEET THE EDITOR" DRAWS ENTHUSIASM FROM SANTEE RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by James Fauset

September 1, 2015 (Santee) – East County Magazine extends our thanks to the Santee Solutions Coalition for hosting our “Meet the Editor” night at the Santee Library last week.

READER’S EDITORIAL: VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL HAS WAITED 40 YEARS FOR CLASSROOM IMPROVEMENTS

Alpine lawsuit unsuccessful in attempting to block needed upgrades at Valhalla

By Mary Beth Kastan

September 2, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Students returning to Valhalla High School in Rancho San Diego will be joined on campus by some unusual guests: construction crews with heavy equipment.

Despite the noise and dust, we’re excited to see a long-awaited campus modernization project finally underway. Thanks to bond funding provided by East County voters through Proposition U, the 49 classrooms in our 155,000-square-foot main building will be fully renovated for the first time since the school opened more than 40 years ago.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. SEPT. 4-13

 

This week’s Destination East County features a grape stomp, a pow-wow an art show and a deep pit barbecue.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a production of the hit show Hairspray, Santee’s bluegrass festival, a dinner theatre show and as the season turns to Indian summer, yet another pow-wow.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

TROPICAL PARTY SAT. SEPT. 5 WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE!

 

 

August 31, 2015 (El Cajon)--Don your Hawaiian shirt, sarong or other festive attire and join us this Saturday, September 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at East County Magazine's Tropical Party as we celebrate summer's end and watch the sunset atop the roof of our studio building in El Cajon (1625 East Main St., just off the Greenfield exit from I-8)   Savor the flavors of the tropics:

 Tropical feast  including coconut curry &  tropical chicken from Pick Up Stix, Pina Berry Colada & Champagne Mango Cakes from Grove Pastry Shop, island-fresh pineapple from Baron’s Market.

Pacific Islanders Beer and Wine-tasting with San Pasqual Winery (award-winning wines including passionfruit!)

Live entertainment:  Reggae music by Ed Barrena & musical theater by Visionary Dance Theatre. 

Prize drawings & silent auction: Padres tickets, Italian dinner lover's basket, wine lover's basket with premium vintages, "Hairspray" musical theater tickets, pottery by Get Centered Clay, Kwai Sun studio passes (yoga, pilates, karate, fitness and more), dance lessons, beach-goers basket, Water Conservation Garden memberships, Santee Lakes fishing and pedal boat passes, Urban Jungle passes, Hawaiian wear, hand-crafted treasure chest, & more!   SPACE LIMITED: EARLY RSVP STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

LA MESA - MT. HELIX SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

By Kristin Kjaero

September 1, 2015 (La Mesa) – The delights of the summer are concluding to be supplanted by a rich selection of community offerings for fall. The final performances of the theater and concert season are joined by a variety of classes for every interest, a health fair, a craft fair, e-waste recycling, and outdoor nature and recreation activities galore.

ON THE TRAIL WITH GARRY MCCLINTOCK: A MEMOIR

 

By Marty Jorgensen

September 1, 2015 (Descanso) -- When I think of Garry McClintock, what I will remember more than anything else is his attitude towards life.  He was always upbeat and positive, and full of curiosity of the world around him.  He had the inner and spiritual strength to continue to carry that on despite his long illness. When you spoke with Garry you always felt that he was really interested in what you had to say, and you always seemed to go away better for it.  His shop was always somewhere that you could not only buy a saddle or tack or have it repaired but a place where you could find out what was happening, in Descanso or in the equestrian community.  It was as much a social center as it was a saddle shop.  And I cannot remember him in any conversation ever saying a bad thing about anybody.

WORKER FALLS TO DEATH AT JAMUL CASINO SITE

 

East County News Service

File photo: Jamul Indian Village

September 1, 2015 (Jamul) – A 56-year-old construction worker fell to his death at the site of the Hollywood Casino Jamul this morning, Cal Fire and the Sheriff’s office confirm.

The accident occurred about 8:20 a.m. at the construction site located on Jamul Indian Village property.  The worker fell off a 38-foot-platform atop a man lift, said Sergeant Matthew Cook III from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station.

LARGE BLACK CAT SIGHTING REPORTING AT CEDAR CREEK FALLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: Black jaguar

September 1, 2015 (Cedar Creek Falls) – Last year, East County Magazine ran a two-part series  on numerous reported sightings of large black wildcats in our region :

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/are-black-wildcats-prowling-east-county

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/hello-kitty-more-black-wildcat-reports-surface

Today, we received an email from Chris and Peter Ruth, Forest Service volunteers and trail head hosts at Cedar Creek Falls.  “We now have had two reports of a black `cat-like’ animal down by the falls,” they wrote, adding that there is water in the pond though the waterfall is dry this time of year.

Multiple hikers reported seeing a “large black animal” resembling a big cat in a tree near the falls in San Diego's backcountry in Cleveland National Forest between Julian and Descanso. The sightings were reported to the ranger.  In addition, the Forest Service volunteers state, “Today, two female volunteers who hike the trail and pick up trash heard growling noises three times. With the drought, we wonder if animals are frequenting the pond to get water.”

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED BY STATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2015 (Oakland)--Thousands of inmates are set to be released from solitary confinement in California prisons, following settlement of a legal case reached between the state and prisoners held in isolation for a decade or more at Pelican Bay State Prison. Prisoners there spend up to 23 hours a day confined in windowless cells with no access to mail, the law library or other services. A United Nations official has called the confinement cruel and unusual punishment akin to torture.

SYCUAN HOSTS POW-WOW SEPT. 11-13

 

September 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its 26th annual pow-wow September 11-13 at the tribe’s pow-wow grounds, next to the Casino at 5459 Sycuan Road on the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.

SUPREME COURT ACTION REQUIRES COUNTY CLERKS TO ISSUE MARRIAGE LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 31, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a request from a county clerk in Kentucky who sought to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs.

EAST COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY OFFERS ORGANIC SOLUTIONS - AND ICE CREAM AT SEPT. 6 MEETING IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

August 31, 2015 (El Cajon)—The East County Rose Society invites rose aficionados to a meeting on Sunday, September 6 at 2 p.m. at Kniffings Nursery (14940 Oak Creek Road in El Cajon).

CAN A LAWSUIT STOP CHARGERS FROM BOLTING TO L.A.?

 

Hear our exclusive interviews! Click below to listen (sound files may take a few moments to load)

 Listen now: Dan Jaregui, aka "Boltman"

Listen now: Attorney James Quinn

Photo, left to right: ECM sportcaster Ed Barrena, producer Miriam Raftery, sportswriter Devoreo Bell, and "Boltman" Dan Jauregui

By Miriam Raftery; photo by Leon Thompson

 

August 31, 2015 (San Diego) – In exclusive interviews with the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM) aired today, Dan Jauregui, better known as “Boltman” and prominent attorney James Quinn shared strategies to keep the Chargers in town.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster," says Jauregui, who likens the Chargers' secret dealings with the city of Carson in Los Angeles to "finding out your spouse is cheating...As fans, we're going to take a stand."  Jaregui, on behalf of fans, accuses the NFL of operating as a monopoly. He has sent a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith asking the City to file a lawsuit to keep the Chargers in town.

Quinn, via phone interview in New York, says the City of San Diego has a strong legal case against the National Football League (NFL) for violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and its own NFL charter. Quinn has sued the NFL several times on anti-trust grounds—and has a 100% winning track record.  But so far, the City has punted on its option to file suit--and Boltman is leading fans in a charge to persuade the City to score a win for fans at the courthouse. 

CHIEF'S CORNER: FIRE TESTS METAL, WINE TESTS MEN - JAPANESE PROVERB

By Fire Chief DiGiovanna

August 31, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Both have been tested as some of this year’s most destructive fires came dangerously close to the Napa Wine Region. Several fires have also burned near Paso Robles. We're still not out of the woods as drought conditions and warm temperatures continue reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

JULIANNA BARNES NAMED CUYAMACA COLLEGE PRESIDENT

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

August 31, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Julianna M. Barnes, vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, has been selected to serve as president of Cuyamaca College effective October 5.

SWEETWATER VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RETURNS HOME

 

Team will host coming home party on September 1st

By Elizabeth Alper

August 31, 2015 (Bonita)--After a heartbreaking end to their Little League World Series run, the boys of the Sweetwater Valley Little League just landed in San Diego tonight.

The team’s run ended on Thursday night when they lost to Pearland Little League of Texas 9-7 in eight innings.  They are hosting a coming home party at the Sweetwater Valley Little League complex tomorrow, September 1st

BLUE SKY RIDERS WITH KENNY LOGGINS OPEN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER SEPT. 20

 

August 30, 2015 (Poway) – Poway OnStage, the foundation that supports the Poway Performing Arts Center, will present Blue Sky Riders in an intimate acoustic concert to open the Silver Anniversary season.  The show will take stage on Sunday, September 20th at 7 p.m.

BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO CELEBRATE TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AT 45th ANNUAL POWWOW SEPT. 4-6

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diegans to experience Native American dancing, music and traditional food at the 45th annual Barona Powwow, which will be held on Labor Day weekend at the Barona Sports Park located on the Barona Indian Reservation. The three-day celebration starts on Friday, September 4 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and the spectacular Grand Entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

“For the past 45 years, the Barona Powwow has been a wonderful opportunity for Native Americans to not only celebrate our heritage and traditions with each other but to share our culture with San Diego,” said Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco. “Over the years our Powwow has grown to become one of the most anticipated in our area and we are proud to invite the community out to experience this wonderful cultural celebration.” 

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN'S SEPTEMBER CLASSES AND MORE

 

August 30, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – From tossing the turf to water-wise and fire-wise landscape designs, the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in East County’s Rancho San Diego neighborhood has a wealth of classes.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM AUGUST 30, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND HER "HARD CHOICES" FOR AMERICA

 

Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2015, 535 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former First Lady of the United States, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State, has written an insightful and finely calibrated work; Hard Choices. This book, or memoir, takes us inside national and international politics from the perspective of someone who has actually lived and breathed it for the majority of her life, making her eminently qualified to speak on subjects such as climate change or nuclear proliferation. Being the author of several bestselling books, including her memoir Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village, Clinton demonstrates her compassion and humanity in this book.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY SEPT. 26

 

August 29, 2015 (San Diego)--Saturday, September 26 is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You can drop off your unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations throughout the county.  For a full list of locations in San Diego County including numerous East County sites, view the flyer.

AS LOCAL AS IT GETS: FARM TO TABLE DINNER SEPT. 11

 

Jeremy’s on the Hill feast to feature Cook Pigs Ranch, Julian Hard Cider and Golden Coast Meade on menu

August 29, 2015 (Julian)--Chef Jeremy Manley at Jeremy’s on the Hill has created another multi course feast featuring local produce, proteins and beverages on Friday, September 11th at 6:45pm.

SPRING VALLEY TAILGATE & BBQ FESTIVAL OCT. 18

 

August 29, 2015 (Spring Valley)—Cali Comfort and the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce invite you to savor the 6th annual Tailgate and BBQ Festival on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Amateur barbecue enthusiasts will compete for over$1,000 in prizes at this event, which benefits youth sports in Spring Valley and includes free live entertainment for NFL fans and families, a kids’ zone and street vendors.

FIRE OUTSIDE ALBERTSONS IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 29, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Albertson’s grocery store on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa was evacuated around 2 a.m. on August 26th due to a fire the erupted in trees between the store and State Route 125.

CRAIG MCCLAIN OF BOYS TO MEN MENTORING NAMED 2015 EAST COUNTY GOOD SCOUT OF THE YEAR

 

Photo: Craig McClain with his wife, Kathleen and daughter, Deanna

August 28, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Boy Scouts of the Heartland District in East County honored Craig McClain of Boys to Men Mentoring at a luncheon on August 26th at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.

CALTRANS PROGRAM REVEALS SERIOUS FUNDING GAPS FOR HIGHWAYS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2015 (San Diego)—California highways have $57 billion in deferred maintenance and our state now ranks 45th out of 50 states in overall highway performance.  Over half of our state’s highways need rehabilitation and 28%of bridges need repairs or replacement. But there is not enough money available to solve these problems, which are getting worse as time goes by. Those are among the dismal facts presented at a Cal Trans forum on transportation issues presented in San Diego this week.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

 

By Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

August 28, 2015 (El Cajon)--Music, art shows, classes and more are all coming up in El Cajon.

EVENTS

A Day of Free Music This Weekend In Downtown El Cajon

This coming Saturday, August 29, it will be a day of music at the Prescott Promenade.  Starting at 12 noon, three groups will take the stage as to “make-up” concerts for those that were rained out in May during the Dinner & a Concert series.

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